“Faced with the painful loss of life, the many injured and the thousands of people affected by the recent eruption of the Volcano of Fire, in Escuintla and other departments, we express our feelings of closeness and solidarity, illuminated by faith in the God of Jesus Christ: God of life and not God of death, peace and not destruction, always ready to help His children through the commitment of believers in the Gospel of Life”. This is the statement sent to Agenzia Fides by the Diocese of Escuintla for the catastrophe caused by the eruption of the Volcano of Fire in different departments of Guatemala.
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In the message, the Bishop of Escuintla, Mgr. Víctor Hugo Palma Paul, says that the region affected in his diocese “is an area densely populated by farmers and owners of small plots of land, such as producers of coffee, vegetables and fruit”.
Population density has been a factor that has increased the tragedy of the catastrophe, because “many of the inhabitants were physically isolated from any form of support”.
The Bishop appealed to local and national government authorities to continue to take care of the victims: “Help the many thousands of people affected in Escuintla, Chimaltenango and Sacatepequez!”
The Social Pastoral Care and the diocesan Caritas “have initiated spontaneous and organized interventions, because the emergency due to the loss of land and houses will last for a very long time,” explains the Bishop.